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Thomas De Quincey

De Quincey was an adherent of the Ricardian system, although he is now better known for literary memoirs recounting his time as an opium eater.

He lived for a time as a near destitute in 1802 in Greek St, Soho. He wrote Confessions of an English Opium Eater in 1821 at 4 York St (now 36 Tavistock Street), near Covent Garden, where a blue plaque commemorates the fact. The book is available from booksellers everywhere . many must have been the readers surprised by its passages on Ricardian political economy.